Stories on how the Catholic Church is responding to events in Ferguson

Fostering hope, prayer and community in Ferguson


With the one-year anniversary of that fateful August day just around the corner, the city of Ferguson put its best foot forward on the last full weekend of July.

The Ferguson Ministerial Alliance, an ecumenical group including Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, sponsored a "Day of Hope" at Forestwood Park, giving visitors not only free goods, food and services but also an opportunity to pray.

Mass for Peace and Justice in Ferguson to be held Aug. 9

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate a Mass for Peace and Justice at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Aug. 9, the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Bishop Edward M. Rice will concelebrate the Mass, which starts at 10 a.m. The Peace And Justice Commission members will be officially commissioned by the archbishop at the Mass. Members of the Holy Sepulcher, Knights of Peter Claver and Knights of Columbus will be in attendance as well.

Father Rosy seeks to sow seeds of peace and justice in Ferguson and beyond

Marina Cahill, right, attended the Faith in Ferguson prayer service June 2 led by Father Robert “Rosy” Rosebrough, left, pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson. “This is where we’re going to go from here,” said Cahill, referring to her prayer group. “Ferguson is going to make a difference to the world.”

Since August 2014, Father Robert Rosebrough's message has remained consistent, that the racial issues and tension unleashed after the shooting death of Michael Brown lurk just below the surface throughout the St. Louis area.

Members answer call of Peace And Justice Commission

When the Catholic Church comes a-calling, asking for your participation and expertise, what would you say? Would you hem and haw? Would you ask for time to think about it?

Direk Hunt and Deacon John Heithaus did neither. Straight-up, right off the hop and without hesitation, they said, "Yes," when asked to serve on the Archdiocese of St. Louis' new Peace And Justice Commission.

Accepting Jesus' call to welcome the strangers among us

Marie Kenyon, center, talked with Daughters of Charity Sister Joan Kuester, left, and Sister Loretto Gettemeier before the Faith in Ferguson gathering May 5 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ferguson. Kenyon, director of the archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission, gave the keynote address at the prayer service.

Before the violence in Ferguson last summer, the hot-button issue was immigration, though the word "immigration" inadequately describes the human tragedy.

Even declaring the immigration "undocumented" or "illegal" fails to describe the hardships at the United States-Mexico border, where droves of children arrive -- sans parents -- from Central America. Their families send them with strangers on a harrowing, nightmarish journey to escape gangs, violence and possibly death in countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

'A prophetic mission toward justice'

Marie Kenyon, director of the Peace and Justice Commission for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, spoke with Father Art Cavitt, director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center and pastor of St. Nicholas Parish Downtown, and Amy Hunter, director of racial justice at YWCA Metro St. Louis.

Marie Kenyon has hit the ground running in her new role as director of the archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission.

She officially started her duties on Feb. 16, but unofficially began working in the role and gathering information not long after Archbishop Robert J. Carlson named her to the position Jan. 6.

While also clearing up her case load from the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, she's devoted numerous nights and weekends to attending events dealing with the systemic racism to which Archbishop Carlson referred in establishing the commission in August.

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